Schools

What we offer

Competenz provides resources, assessment and moderation support, careers information and the Gateway programme to enable trades training in schools and provide career opportunities for students.

Resources

This short video tells you all you need to know about our new school-specific mechanical engineering resources, released in August 2020.
 


Our resources help teachers prepare secondary students for a career in Engineering, Forestry, Furniture, Wood Manufacturing, Apparel, Baking, Butchery and Printing while they achieve their national standards. They give students practical projects that build basic skills in their relevant industry discipline.

Learning and assessment guides, as well as workbooks can be ordered from our schools resources web page.

 

Gateway

Gateway helps schools give senior students (year 11 and above) opportunities for structured learning in the workplace.

Click on the links below to scroll sections

Baking

Engineering

Furniture making

Butchery

Forestry

Tip: if you are unsure which electives best suit your student and their company, your Competenz Training Advisor can help.

 

 

Baking

Cost: POA 

Core units

Unit

Unit Title

Level

Credits

9955

Thaw and prove frozen doughs

2

2

14721

Prepare and apply icings and glazes to bakery products using manual production methods

2

6

14723

Prepare and apply toppings to bakery products using manual production methods

2

6

Elective units

Unit

Unit Title

Level

Credits

14709

Freeze products for batch baking

2

4

14708

Retard products for batch baking

2

8

14724

Prepare and apply fillings to bakery products using manual production methods

2

6

14722

Prepare to, and decorate bakery products using manual production methods

2

6

 

Engineering

Cost: POA

Core units

Unit

Unit Title

Level

Credits

21911

Demonstrate knowledge of safety on engineering worksites

2

2

2395

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the selection, use, and care of engineering hand tools

2

4

4433

Select, use and care for simple measuring devices used in engineering

1

2

4435

Select, use and care for engineering dimensional measuring equipment

2

3

2396

Select, use and maintain portable handheld engineering power tools

2

4

Elective units

Unit

Unit Title

Level

Credits

2387

Assemble mechanical components under supervision

2

2

21912

Apply safe working practices on an engineering worksite

2

2

21905

Demonstrate knowledge of trade calculations and units for mechanical engineering trades

2

6

21909

Demonstrate knowledge of safety on engineering worksites

2

2

4436

Select, use and care for engineering marking-out equipment

2

4

 

Furniture making

Cost: POA

Unit Unit title Level Credits
497 Demonstrate knowledge of workplace health and safety requirements 1 3
2199 Use and maintain hand tools for furniture making 2 4
2220 Set and operate a single boring machine to bore holes in furniture components 2 4
18915 Use fixing hardware in furniture making 2 3
25550 Operate a straight cutting saw to cut square profiled furniture components 2 3
25667 Plan own career path within the furniture manufacturing industry 2 2

 

Butchery

Butchery gateway programme cannot be used beyond 2020 due to changes to the units standards available at Level 2.

Cost: POA

Unit Unit title Level Credits
26267 Select and mince sheep meat 3 4
26272 Select and mince beef meat 3 6
26277 Select and mince pork mince 3 4
26281 Select and mince poultry meat 2 2
17236 Demonstrate knowledge of refrigeration for meat retailing 2 2

 

Forestry

Cost: POA

Unit Unit title Level Credits
6916 Demonstrate knowledge of the rules relating to chainsaw use 2 5
17769 Demonstrate knowledge of general health, safety, and environmental requirements in forestry 2 5
22994 Demonstrate knowledge of factors that affect the performance of forestry workers 3 10

We can:

  • help you set up Gateway placements tailored to the industries we support
  • connect you with employers in our industries to help you place your students
  • help your students identify careers based on their work placements, particularly in apprenticeship based industries.

Each Gateway placement:

  • is a formal arrangement between a school, a student and an employer for a student to spend time learning in an employer’s workplace
  • agrees the knowledge and skills the student will gain during that placement
  • agrees who will assess the student’s learning and how to confirm they have gained this knowledge and these skills.

To see the knowledge and skills (unit standards) our Gateway placements cover, please click here.

Self-managed: This model allows schools to manage the Gateway programme end to end, from finding a work placement through to assessing and reporting unit standards.

Assisted: The school will work with a Competenz advisor and an external assessor. Students will also have two visits with their Competenz advisor throughout the students ten-week placement. This will include a visit at the start of the placement and follow up visits when the student is ready to be assessed. 

No matter which option you choose, you will have an experienced Competenz advisor on hand to answer your questions.

You should contact local companies to see if they are interested in taking on a Gateway student. We have a helpful Gateway brochure which you can give to the employer. If you are not successful finding your student a placement, Competenz have a large database of employers we work closely with.

Once you have confirmed an employer for your student, call our Customer Service team on 0800 526 1800 who will be able to assist.

Assessment and moderation

Moderation plays an important role in ensuring:

  • your students have gained the skills and knowledge they need
  • assessments are valid, consistent and fair across all schools.

If your school would like to offer Competenz unit standards:

We help you set up your assessment team and understand the unit standards we moderate and how we do this. Then we support that team with resources like assessment guides and professional development workshops. Our School Reporting of Competenz Credits guide helps explain the process.

More information on assessment and moderation